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Machinist Mate

Machinist's Mates (non-nuclear) operate and maintain steam turbines andreduction gears used for ship propulsion and auxiliary machinery such as turbogenerators, pumps and oil purifiers.

Veterans: 21
Latest Activity: Feb 11, 2019

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Comment by Brian O'Connor on February 11, 2019 at 12:25am

Back in the day when you had to have a rating first, and then got your specialty, Diver, in my case, I was a snipe. I've worked main space, auxiliary space, and fresh air. Did that stuff for eight years, then went Diver. Served in Constellation, Mount Vernon, Jason, Durham, and at Sima, SD.

Comment by William H Lettmoden on July 5, 2013 at 5:16pm

after graduating from A school in 1955 I was assigned to the USS Thuban AKA-19 after leaving the Navy in 1958 I continued my MM career working for the Utility that supplies electricity to NYC


Comment by Lawrence "Ski" Gorski on August 17, 2012 at 2:43pm

After "A" School I went to Naples, Italy as a driver for a couple of years.  I remember going to visiting ships to get practical factors done and became a MM2 before re-enlisting for Compressed Gases School.  After completing school I was assigned to the USS Coral Sea CVA 43.  When checking aboard they told me they had enough people in the gas plant but needed people in the hull.  I ended up in Engineroom #2.  By the way, there were 3 of us schooled in Compressed gases down in the enginerooms but no one schooled in the gas plant.  My next ship, the USS FDR CV 42.  The warrant officer on duty for engineering checking me in read that I spent 3 years on the Coral Sea in the engineroom and that was that, back into the hull I went.  After that, back to "A" school as an instructor.  From there to COMDESRON 17 as the Material Assistant for 5 years.  That was the last time I spent anytime working as a Machinist's Mate.  A tour of duty as a Company Commander at RTC San Diego, Command Master Chief of USS Bagley FF 1069 and Command Master Chief of RTC San Diego ended my 30 year career as we shut down RTC San Diego.

Comment by john hueg on December 18, 2011 at 9:14pm

I had the greatest pleasure of being a Machinist Mate during my enlistment of 20+ years. And as the saying goes MM's is the most wide spread rating in the Navy, from working on steam plant equipment, laundry washers and dryers, ice machines, to a/c chilled water plants.

Comment by David W Morris on October 10, 2011 at 9:59pm

I started in repair on a sub tender till they realized I was supposed to be in the pit. Spent 4 years in the Enginerooms and then got an AC&R school and went A-Gang. I too knew more about the Enginerooms than most pit snipes and did more repairs on watch in the Enginerooms than most pit snipes.


Comment by David Carter on October 10, 2011 at 9:41pm
Nice to see another Machinist Mate on board .
Comment by Jim Verna on October 10, 2011 at 8:46pm

I too will always be a Machinist Mate. I was assigned to A gang but knew the engineroom as good as anyone. During a full power run, the chief in main control requested me to be throttleman sighting he trusted me more than anyone in M division. I was proud and honored to do this. The Captain and the Commadore stood behind me and observed the excercise. I was relieved to go to after steering to perform the rudder test. Today I am a mechanical contractor specializing in refrigeration and ice machines. I'll be a MM to the end.


Comment by David Carter on August 27, 2011 at 2:34pm
I am and always will be a Machinist Mate When I went onboard my first ship I was assigned to the Engineroom I enjoyed it ever since then.

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